At the January meeting, I proposed paying an additional $29 to see Aladdin as all other shows were sold out/too expensive. The vote won almost unanimously. This has been added to everyone's total.
Everyone has been assigned a number and can now view their payments and amount owed at www.orchardviewchoir.com/nyc. If you were not at the meeting, please see me during class to receive your number.
NYC Info Sheet (handout from January meeting)
Payments: All payments are due by March 8, you can check how much you’ve paid/still owe using your trip number at: www.orchardviewchoir.com/nyc. We will be starting a fundraiser this week. It will be similar to a GoFundMe
Bus Ride: Approximately 12-13 hours (we will stop at rest stops along the way). We will be watching movies and then attempting to sleep. You may bring a blanket and a pillow if you would like. Usually people will bring headphones, snacks, and games as well. Usually (but not always) the rest stops we stop at will have vending machines.
Chaperones: There will be six chaperones including myself, Jera (my wife/our accompanist), and the tour guide. Chaperones will be given a list of students to attend to during the trip. I will set-up a Remind to message everyone for emergencies, reminders, and schedule info.
Hotel: There will be four people to a room at the hotel. Students will sign-up for rooms at a later date. There will be a night time security guard stationed outside in the hall for emergencies and to guarantee everyone stays in their room. This is so the chaperones can take a break and get some sleep.
Food: Breakfast will be at the hotel (expanded continental), for lunch you will each be given $10, dinner will be a group meal (pizza party, restaurant, dinner cruise, ect). If you would like snacks on the bus or more money for lunch you will need to bring your own. If you want to get the full NYC experience you could bring $5 extra per lunch ($20).
Souvenirs: This is a personal preference. I usually don’t buy souvenirs unless I find something truly unique. The experience is the souvenir.
Clothing: According to holiday-weather.com, NYC will be between 40-60 degrees fahrenheit in April. You will want a jacket or coat and pants because we will be spending a large amount of time outside. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes as we will be doing a considerable amount of walking!
NYC Travel: We will be traveling around NYC by bus and by foot. We will take the tour bus when possible and walk when necessary. As you might guess, the bus will be hard to maneuver the busy NYC streets, so we will need to walk quite a bit! Bring comfy shoes!
Refund: As long as someone is able to take your spot on the trip you will receive a full refund. This will be increasingly difficult for people to accommodate the later you choose to cancel. If you think you may not be able to go, please tell me ASAP.
Disclaimer: The school, chaperones, and myself are not responsible for the loss, theft, or destruction of any items you choose to bring on the trip (phones, game devices, etc). You may bring what you like at your own discretion.
There will be an informational meeting for NYC travelers on Monday, January 15 at 6:30p.m. in the high school choir room. We will discuss itinerary, potential Broadway shows, what to bring, and final payments. If you have a topic you want me to bring up, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.